MAF's history in Bangladesh
In the early 1980s, MAF was invited by the Bangladesh Flying Club to assist in the operation of two amphibian aircraft for the purpose of conducting medical evacuations. During this time, it was discovered that a small-aircraft general charter service could have a positive impact on the development of remote communities.
In the 1990s, MAF again responded to a request from the Bangladesh Flying Club for assistance in providing humanitarian relief flights in response to a natural disaster. This developed into further partnership with the Flying Club to provide training and consultation in maintenance and flight.
Through these joint venture projects MAF realized the benefit of a long term program that could provide a dedicated flight service to remote areas of Bangladesh.
In 1995, MAF registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau as an International NGO. MAF Bangladesh is a branch of MAF International, a registered charity in England and Wales with support offices in the UK and Australia.
In 1997, MAF Bangladesh was issued an Air Transport Operating License and began operating the only seaplane in Bangladesh. Offering a unique flight service within the country, the MAF amphibious Cessna Caravan (8 passenger) can access countless remote water-landing sites throughout Bangladesh.
MAF provides on-demand charter and shuttle flights specifically focused to support humanitarian and development activities in remote areas.
MAF Bangladesh is privately funded by donations through MAF International and local user contributions. MAF also receives funding from the American people through USAID’s Leaving No One Behind Activity; and previously from the British people through UK AID’s Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness and Response programme.